Definition of Ave Maria in English:

Ave Maria

noun

  • A prayer to the Virgin Mary used in Catholic worship. The first line is adapted from Luke 1:28.

    Also called Hail Mary
    • ‘It contains fourteen well known hymns such as Amazing Grace, Ave Maria, Be Still.’
    • ‘Highlights include Ave Maria and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, but nobody's going to buy it in January.’
    • ‘Triptych contains an Ave Maria, a Christmas Ode, and an Easter Cantata, all fairly brief.’

Origin

The opening words in Latin, literally hail, Mary!.

Pronunciation

Ave Maria

/ˌɑːveɪ məˈriːə/